Israel
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ISRAEL ESCALATES ITS SHADOW WAR WITH IRAN

5th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Andrew Richards Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel’s defences. The attacks represent a new escalation in the shadow war between Iran and Israel, which has…

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BRAZIL-FIRE-MATO GROSSO
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DEFORESTATION FUELS THE AMAZON FIRES

5th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest’s importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting. (Reuters) Overview of the current situation The Amazon – the world’s largest rainforest and river basin –…

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Sudan
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SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS TOWARDS A NEW SUDAN

4th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s hard-won transition to civilian rule has fallen behind schedule just days after the new prime minister delayed the formation of the first government since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir was removed. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, a seasoned United Nations economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy, was…

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Hong Kong protests 2
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MASSIVE PEACEFUL PROTESTS RESUME IN HONG KONG AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES

21st Aug 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters of all ages returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday [18 August], in a massive show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support. Protesters defied torrential rain, a police ban and menacing threats from the Chinese government…

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China Uyghur
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CHINA’S ‘RE-EDUCATION’ OF UYGHUR MINORITY GROUP UNDER SCRUTINY

21st Aug 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock Most people sent to mass detention centres in China have been “returned to society”, a senior official from the area  [XinJiang] said on Tuesday [13 August]. UN experts and activists say at last one million ethnic Uyghurs, and members of other largely Muslim minority groups, have been detained in camps in the…

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Saudi Arabia
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SAUDI COUNCIL APPROVES ROYAL DECREE TO REFORM GUARDIANSHIP SYSTEM

21st Aug 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Mike Burnard On Thursday [1 August 2019], Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers announced their approval of a royal decree to reform the Kingdom’s wilayah, or guardianship system, a jumble of regulations that Human Rights Watch has said constitute “the most significant impediment to realising women’s rights in the country”. The new laws, at least some of which are expected…

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Land reform
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SOUTH AFRICA’S LAND REFORM REPORT: RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCERNS

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland (with contribution from Hannes Bosman) 25 years into South Africa’s democracy, land reform in the country seems to be on the brink of commencement. The final report of a Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform was released and offers answers about crucial aspects of a land reform issue that has its roots…

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Johnson
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JOHNSON’S ‘DO OR DIE’ BREXIT PLEDGE

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland On 24 July, Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and assumed the country’s top job. Following a campaign premised on delivering Brexit “do or die” by [the end of October] and with [fewer than 100] days until the departure deadline, Johnson wasted no time appointing a pro-Leave…

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RelRes
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RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS INCREASE AROUND THE WORLD

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

[Please note: This article focuses on the topic of restrictions on all religions, not just Christianity.] Compiled by Alex Pollock Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world. The latest data from…

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